Summer Solstice Series


May , 2017
Be sure to enter your handicap.  Everyone who participates should enter a handicap online. 
We will again be using the popular electronic timing.  Be sure to bring your SI card if you have one

Stay tuned for information about the pizza gathering following the final event.

Orienteering Ottawa's Summer Solstice Series consists of four or five score-o events held Tuesday evenings in the Greenbelt and other city parks throughout June. These events are super accessible, a lot of fun, and a great way to get started with orienteering. Through the use of a handicap system that evens the playing field we often have newcomers to the sport at the top of the results list alongside national team members.

In these Summer Solstice events everyone starts at once and has to determine how they want to go about the course. Because there is a set time in which you have to finish everyone comes back at once and you have a chance to compare your route with others you saw on course - those who did better than you, those to whom you can give some advice , and those who took a completely different route. Following the final event, we try to hold a social event, to wrap up our spring season.



These events are all score-o format events. This means there are a number of controls scattered throughout the map and terrain that you can get in any order in a set amount of time. This time will be announced on the event page and before the start of the event. One minute prior to the designated mass start time you can pick up your map and try and pick out the route you want to do. You need to figure out how many controls you can get to in the time limit, which ones to get, and which order to get them in. It is a good idea to plan a route that leaves you choice at the end to cut off some controls or add more depending on how quickly you got through the first part of the course.

The more controls you get in the time limit the more points you get. If you can collect all the controls you need (based on a handicap system) and make it back to the finish before the time is up then you get bonus points. If you are back late then you lose points.


Base scoring for each event is as follows:

  • 5 points per control collect (capped at the total number of controls on course minus you handicap)
  • 5 points per handicap point (see below)
  • 2 points per full minute early if you cap out your points above
  • -2 points per minute or portion of a minute late to the finish (ie if you are 30 seconds late you lose 2 points)

These points are then normalized to 1000. Say the winner got a base score of 137 then someone who got a base score of 90 points would get 90/137 x 1000 = 657 points.

Your score for the series is the sum of your points from your best 3 out of 4 or 4 out of 5 events.

If you have any questions about the score you are given please email the meet director if you have his/her email or send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be forwarded.


A handicap system is used to provide everyone a chance to be at the top. The handicap is based on age, gender and experience. You will be given credit for the number of controls equal to your handicap the minute you start. For example, if there are 25 controls on a particular evening and your handicap is 5, you will only have to get 20 controls in order to get them “all” . If there is still time before the time limit you can run back to the finish to get the bonus points for finishing early. If you decide instead to get a 21st control that is OK of course, but you will not get credit for it.

You can let us know your handicap in one of 2 ways. Complete the online form (preferred) before your first meet or fill out a paper form at the first meet you attend. At each meet you should make note of the total number of controls (likely somewhere between 20 and 28) and calculate the number of controls you will need in order to get them ´all´ (total controls minus your handicap). Then plan your route accordingly.

Here is the formula

If your age (Dec. 31 this year) is handicap is   handicap is    handicap is
80+ 7 75-79 6 70-74 or 0-10 5
65-69 or 11-13 4 55-64 3 45-54  or 14-17 2
35-44 1 18-34 0
If you have ever participated in          
0-2 events 5 3-10 events 2 more 0
If you are female

Add the handicap you receive for each category and that is the number of controls you get 'for free' throughout the month.

Enter your handicap  at

If your calculations don't agree with the computer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don't forget to bring a watch.


6:15 - 6:40 pm Registration desk is open
6:45 pm Start
7:30 - 8:00 pm Finish - exact time varies from course to course

With refreshing post-race snacks and drinks on hot days and warm drinks on cold days, we run regardless of the weather.


Costs may vary but a typical meet cost for a single race event is :

Standard Meet Costs per startAdultsJrs (8-20 yrs)Family MaxChildren (0-7 yrs)
Annual members $9.00 $6.00$22 free
Day-members $13.00 $7.00$32 free
Additional fees
Timing chip rental (no charge for the novice course) $2.00
Compass rental $2.00
Whistle purchase (whistles are mandatory) $2.00